Joshua Kosman reviews ‘Le festin de l’araignée (The Spider’s Banquet)‘ for the San Fransisco Chronicle:

Joshua Kosman San Francisco Chronicle
Conductor Stéphane Denève and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conclude their splendid five-disc cycle of Albert Roussel’s orchestral music with compelling performances of two of the composer’s stage works – one well-known and the other a wonderful hidden treasure. (…)

As usual with stage works, listening to the entire score on disc does leave you feeling that something is missing, but Denève’s resourceful conducting – with a keen ear for balances and firm yet fluid rhythmic control – helps compensate. (…)

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